Are you an airport people watcher? You can tell a lot about people by the stuff they carry around. Every suitcase has a story to tell.
Take a minute to look around the luggage hall. What do you see?
Can you pick the:
- Hoarders from the minimalists?
- Business travellers from the tourists?
- Frequent flyers from novices?
Let’s have a little fun. Have light-hearted look around to see what people check in or try to take onboard…
Suitcase Travel Styles
Carry on only
- The domain of the experienced frequent flyer and business travellers.
- These are people who have figured out how to plan their wardrobe so that they can fit a week’s worth of necessities in a small space. They will zip past the check-in counter with a smart wheelie suitcase in tow.
- Carry on connoisseurs know the rules when it comes to suitcase size and weight.
- Those who don’t know the rules or don’t want to follow the rules, can be seen haggling with the airline staff at the check-in counter. Some will put on quite a show before handing over their small bag for check-in.
The matching luggage set
- A slightly old fashioned concept in world where loads of 20th century dress codes have gone by the wayside in the name of casual dress.
- Check to see if they have carefully matched their belt, bag and shoes as well. If the answer is ‘Yes’ this person is a fastidious traveller who wants to be prepared for all occasions.
- This person loves to pack for every possible weather event and occasion that may arise away from home.
- Possibly a hoarder who can’t leave home without a substantial selection of shoes, clothes or accessories.
- Check the bag tags. This may be a frequent flyer taking advantage of their bonus luggage allowance to go on a shopping spree.
Lots of small bags
- Possibly a carry on fail by a last minute packer.
- A sneaky attempt to get more on board.
- An infrequent traveller making do with the bags they have.
- A family on a vacation where mum, dad and each of the kids has to have their own bag. Bags may be strung together and dragged along like a train by mum or dad. Stacked precariously on a trolley or dragged individually by complaining kids.
- It’s all about the look.
- Status is important to these people and they want to look the part.
Plain Black vs Colours and Patterns
- Plain black. – De Rigueur for men in business suits.
- Plain black with coloured tags and ribbons. – A person who does not want to stand out from the crowd who is worried about their nondescript suitcase being picked up by someone else.
- Bright colours and patterns – the luggage of choice for children and the young at heart.
- Colours in general – luggage that belongs to women with personality or a gent who’s suitcase was purchased by his wife/mother/female friend.
- Camouflage (patterned, dark green, khaki or brown) – most likely belongs to a male backpacker or adventure traveller. (the adventure traveller will have other over size luggage such skis, surfboard, golf clubs).